Hello folks,

I'm doing research for the possibility of growing this tree as a silvopasture crop, mostly for intensive silvopasture forage for sheep and beef cattle in New York. Many other temperate climate (and tropical) countries have experimented with Paulownia sp. already. China, where these trees are native, has probably been using it as forage for hundreds if not thousands of years. If you have any experience or knowledge of this tree, let's discuss it here! I look forward to the conversation :)

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I just found out that a local farm has this tree in one of their gardens that was planted 7 years ago, climate zone 5b, Berkshire NY. Most years it dies back to the ground and re-sprouts each spring reaching 15 feet tall in one season! Sprouting from a stump is just fine if the tree is being grown as a forage crop :)

Hello again folks,

An update on my Paulownia fodder research. Silvopasture cattle eating fall Paulownia leaves, see picture attached. After one years growth from rooted stem cutting my tree got 15 feet tall! About 100 trees on the Cornell campus are two year old trees from complete winter die back and some are over 25 feet tall as of yesterday! I collected many leaves from those trees multiple times this year to see if the animals I'm working with will eat them... not a single bite until now! Today the cows/bull/steer ate most of the 20 pounds I fed them. Seems either the leaves are more palatable this time of year, or more likely, they are running out of grass and are excited for food after cleaning up the field. My intention here is to see whether this fast growing carbon sequestering tree (10 to 25 feet a year) could work in a mixed polyculture silvopasture planting. Also, for soil health, the more biomass the better and these trees are known to build soil fast. I'll keep you updated as this experiment unfolds :)

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